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John's 1953 Patrician
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I thought I would start one of these. I have had the car since the summer of 2018. It is now drivable after completing the following:
All Power Steering hoses
All brake wheel cylinders and hoses
Rebuilt carb
Recored Radiator
Rewire front lighting
Fuel Pump
Spark Plugs
Air Filter
Points & Condenser
Radiator Hoses

I am working on the following:
GM 4L60e Transmission using Bendtsens Speed Gems adapter
I want overdrive
Building a MegaShift (MegaSquirt) Transmission Controller for the 4L60e
Will need to convert to 12v for the transmission and future Air Conditioning.
Disk Brake Rear Axle from a 99-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

That should keep me busy for now.

Posted on: 12/13 21:54
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Progress working in a rear axle.
I wanted rear discs and a higher ratio of 3.73 is ok with the new overdrive trans anyway.
This axle out of a 99 to 04 Jeep Grand Cherokee uses the same 5 on 5 bolt pattern as Packard. However it was a coil spring rear axle so I had to grind off all the mounts. Removing paint and rebuilding it now. The pig is cast aluminium so I am thinking I will polish that. Here are some pics.

Merry Christmas
John

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Posted on: 12/24 10:10
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John, are you converting the front brakes to disc as well?

Posted on: 12/25 5:47
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Yes I am. Using ford f100 f150 spindles. I can post a parts list.

John

Posted on: 12/25 16:52
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Here is the parts list. I haven't done it yet and won't likely get to it soon. But other on this forum have done it:
Parts From 1973-79 Ford F100/F150 2wd (80-81 may work too based on King pins and wheel bearings)
Calipers
Backing Plates / Splash Shields / Bolts
Spindles/Knuckles
Spindle Lock Nuts (not Dorman #05919)
Brake Hoses
Caliper Mounting Brackets
Brake Pads
King Pin Set

1973 Ford Galaxie/Custom/Thunderbird: (Certain Mercury/Lincoln that year too, but not the 74-78)
Rotors
Dust Cap

Universal Parts
2ea. Timken Bearing Set 12
2ea. Timken Bearing Set 13
2ea. Timken Seal 6815
10ea. Ford Lug Nuts

Best Regards,
John

Posted on: 12/25 20:24
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I have made some progress on the rear axle. It is fully disassembled now and I need to setup my electrolosis rust removal tank to clean up some of the parts before painting or diy zinc plating the parts to be reused. It's getting there. Had to drill out the rivets for the rusted out dust shields. Also starting on building my transmission controller. I got the code loaded and I can hook it up to my pc and "talk to it."

Regards
John

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Posted on: 1/18 10:27
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Started electrolysis rust removal.

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Posted on: 1/19 21:16
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Doing diy zinc plating of fastners. Getting the metal clean is key.
John

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Posted on: 2/7 17:53
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Just installed Newport Engineering 12 volt wipers. They are a bolt in replacement for the vacuum wipers. They are nice. Not for 6 volt cars. Also new wiper blads and arms. My car had 11 inch blades but 13 inch blades will fit with shorter arms.
John

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Posted on: 3/3 21:35
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Looks good John! Do you have examples to show of the zinc-plated parts? I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately on zinc plating and nickel plating. Interesting stuff for sure. I even considered the "copy chrome" plating kits you can get, but that looks way too involved.

-Kevin

Posted on: 3/3 21:40
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